Update May 28, 2013: I'm working on a new temperature controller that runs on an Android phone. You can see the project here: http://www.instructables.com/id/E5X914VH7UR7LEK/?ALLSTEPSI have built a new UDS with adjustable shelves that you can see here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Build-Your-Own-Ugly-Drum-Smoker-UDS/
I made a drum smoker with a friend of mine who happens to be a very good cook. In the past he's slaved for hours over a gas grill and smoker boxes trying to get his ribs just right but now it's much easier to cook them.
The smoker has a controller that spins up a fan to keep the temperature inside the smoker at the desired cook-point. The controller is an Arduino running the standard PID software. The hardest part for us was creating the charcoal basket. I taught myself to weld (poorly) and made the basket out of expanded steel.
There are other Instructables on making a drum smoker (I based some of my construction on this one
) so I'll just post my pictures.